About East Hants Historical Society
An initiative inspired by Canada’s Centennial Celebrations, the Society was formed in 1967 with a clear mandate to gather, preserve, and promote East Hants history and heritage. Regular meetings were held between March and November at which programs related to East Hants history were presented. In 1981, the realization of one of the Society’s goals arose with the opportunity to lease from the United Church of Canada a no-longer-used church building in Lower Selma. History enthusiasts living in East Hants or with long-time connections to the district quickly provided artifacts, photos, and documents to build exhibits commemorating East Hants’ rural history—exhibits including tools of the lumbering, shipbuilding, and sea-going trades, remembering the efforts and losses of East Hants families to World War I and II, and exhibits recognizing the household arts and practices, and the culture and heritage that sustained families.
In recent years, exhibits commemorating Mi’kmaw presence in the territory of Sipekne’katik in East Hants, the Acadian habitations along the Cobequid/Shubenacadie shore, and the intensive settlement of British and other Europeans in the 18th and 19th centuries have been set up as permanent exhibits.
Today, the Society owns the museum property and operates within a governance model adopted in 2015, with a 10-member Board Of Directors and registration with The Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stocks. It is also a member of the Association of Nova Scotia Museums and The East Hants Chamber of Commerce.
As part of its mandate, the Society maintains and continues to update cemetery headstone records maintained offline as a searchable database. A program committee manages the program presentation agenda. An oral history component is now being realized.
Board of Directors
Patricia Whidden (President/Archive Chair)
Greg Hussey (Vice-President/Secretary)
Christine Whidden (Treasurer/Membership Chair)
Elizabeth Hill (Museum Co-Chair)
Andrew Hebda (Museum Co-Chair)
John McLellan (Noel Shore/Lower Selma Cemetery Liaison)
Nancy Doane (Member-at-Large)
John Grant (Member-at-large)
Marcel Dionne (Member-at-Large)
Meetings and Events
In normal times, the East Hants Historical Society meets on the second Tuesday of each month, March through November, at 7:30 pm, in different communities within East Hants, in order to present programs about East Hants history.
Everyone is welcome to attend these meetings, and to stay for refreshments following.
We expect to resume program presentations when provincial guidelines concerning covid-19 permit. In the meantime, sign up for our newsletter (check the Home page or a sidebar to sign up) to learn when our virtual programs will be offered, or go to our Virtual Library to find them there.